SDS International (SDS) recently installed significant upgrades to the immersive, 3-meter dome previously delivered by SDS to the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center’s (NSRDEC) Cognitive Science and Applications Team to improve immersive cognitive science related virtual research*. Under this contract, SDS’ Advanced Technologies Division, Orlando, FL completed integration of its Hero-Simulated Weapons Assessment Station (SWAS) system with the dome’s existing Hero-First Person Shooter (FPS) host-system software, and immersive display system components provided by Immersive Display Solutions Inc. (IDSI).

The addition of SDS’ laser-based SWAS system adds realistic weapons firing capabilities to the dome’s existing 220º HFOV x 90º VFOV projected immersive virtual environment, which leverages highly-realistic, virtual scenes provided by SDS’ CYBORG physics-based, simulation-focused, game-engine software and relevant tactical scenarios provided by SDS’ LIFE AI-driven scene content software. Addition of the SWAS system further enhances realistic experimentation by ensuring test-subjects can experience the correct look and feel of the selected weapons, realistic weapons sighting and firing (including audio and recoil), and accurate ballistics/impact portrayal (including bullet ricochets and impact decals) within the 3D environment while executing operationally relevant scenarios within the dome’s seamless virtual environment.

SDS’ Hero-FPS (which serves as the baseline for both NSRDEC’s Interactive Small Combat Unit-in-the-Loop Laboratory (ISCULL) Virtual Testbed (VTB) and immersive 3-meter dome system) can function as an individual Soldier providing the appropriate views (visual, NVG, IR and HUD) and employing a variety of weapons, chem-sticks, lights, etc. while moving throughout--and interacting with--virtually any distributed exercise composed of live, virtual, and constructive manned/unmanned entities. These robust capabilities make individual Hero-FPS simulations and/or multi-station FPS-based VTBs (particularly when enhanced by SDS’ Hero-SWAS system capabilities) excellent choices for research and development, test and evaluation, and training applications in both stand-alone and/or distributed environments.

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* See dome related article released by NSRDEC Public Affairs at: